My husband is the one who drives, so he is also the one who does the shopping as we have no stores within walking distance. Fortunately, he likes this task; he relishes comparing prices, clipping coupons, and is thrilled when, by the simple effort of walking through two stores located side by side, he manages to save money.
Having said this, I was a little astounded when, at the beginning of our marriage, my husband showed up with thirty-six cans of mushrooms. Just in case you're thinking I exaggerate, that was an exact count. It was a really good deal, he explained, and canned products may last for years without spoiling, so why not? I walked off to free a shelf for the mushrooms, which were soon joined by twenty-something cans of corn, tuna, tomato paste, and such like. Gradually, the canned goods and other non-spoiling products expanded over an entire cupboard. The bathroom cabinets, meanwhile, were stocked with shampoo, soap and toothbrushes to last for years.
At some point I came across the term stockpiling and voila! I had official authorization to feel clever, because we were already doing it. This week, my husband affixed an extra shelf across the top shelf of the stockpile cupboard, utilising space that had been wasted previously.
What I did and still do sorely feel is the lack of freezer and refrigerator space. We recently acquired a used refrigerator as a free gift, and are still deliberating whether, considering the additional cost of electricity, it would be wise to plug it in, or whether we should find other uses for it. A second refrigerator, and especially a second freezer would be a luxury, but perhaps we should just learn to be more efficient with the one we already have.